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by Brian Lutz
04 Jan 2016 19:03
Forum: History: Miscellaneous and Not Region-Specific
Topic: When Boris Yeltsin went grocery shopping in Clear Lake
Replies: 0
Views: 4668

When Boris Yeltsin went grocery shopping in Clear Lake

http://blog.chron.com/thetexican/2014/04/when-boris-yeltsin-went-grocery-shopping-in-clear-lake/#photo-433897 This article has a number of photos of a visit that Soviet president Boris Yeltsin made to a Randall's grocery store in September of 1989, amazed at the sheer amount of food available compar...
by Brian Lutz
11 May 2015 04:34
Forum: History: USA Northwest/Rockies/Alaska
Topic: Piggly Wiggly in Seattle
Replies: 0
Views: 4720

Piggly Wiggly in Seattle

http://www.capitolhillseattle.com/2015/05/chs-re-take-piggly-wiggly-on-broadway/ Another history article from the Capitol Hill Seattle Blog, this one regarding the history of Piggly Wiggly stores in Seattle (which were, in a roundabout way, eventually merged into Safeway), as well as some of their c...
by Brian Lutz
08 Mar 2015 16:48
Forum: History: USA Northwest/Rockies/Alaska
Topic: Broadway Market QFC
Replies: 2
Views: 4615

Re: Broadway Market QFC

The Capitol Hill Seattle Blog just posted a comprehensive history of the Broadway Market through its various iterations. Should be interesting reading for people curious about the history of this property. Link here: http://www.capitolhillseattle.com/2015/03/chs-retake-broadway-market-v1-0-created-b...
by Brian Lutz
27 Jan 2014 12:41
Forum: History: USA Northwest/Rockies/Alaska
Topic: Downtown Bellevue marina Safeway finally closed
Replies: 10
Views: 7810

Re: Downtown Bellevue marina Safeway finally closed

http://downtownbellevue.com/2014/01/27/old-safeway-building-demolished-making-way-for-bellevue-collection-expansion/ Sometime last week, this store was demolished to make way for the expected second phase of Lincoln Square. There is still a former Marina Safeway in Bothell that has closed down, but ...
by Brian Lutz
05 Jul 2013 20:05
Forum: History: USA Northwest/Rockies/Alaska
Topic: Old Burien Safeway (Top Hat) 11225 1st Ave South
Replies: 5
Views: 6062

Re: Old Burien Safeway (Top Hat) 11225 1st Ave South

A couple of years ago, another grocer (a small independent called Your Local Market) took over the former Safeway in Downtown Bellevue, although I think in that case ownership of the property may have been transferred to Kemper Freeman even before the Safeway moved out. Either way, the new store las...
by Brian Lutz
15 Apr 2013 22:24
Forum: History: USA Northwest/Rockies/Alaska
Topic: New grocery store in a former Centennial A&P - Bellevue
Replies: 0
Views: 4976

New grocery store in a former Centennial A&P - Bellevue

While I was out driving this past weekend, I saw that the former Centennial A&P store here in Bellevue currently in the process of being remodeled into a Grocery Outlet store. This store had previously been subdivided into several different smaller stores and one somewhat larger appliance store, but...
by Brian Lutz
17 Mar 2013 23:46
Forum: History: Department Store Chains
Topic: Mervyns
Replies: 94
Views: 51430

Re: Mervyns

From what I can recall of it, it's also very similar to the store that was at Villa Linda Mall (now Santa Fe Place) in Santa Fe NM, which opened pretty close to the same time (early 1988, if I recall.)
by Brian Lutz
12 Mar 2013 01:50
Forum: History: Department Store Chains
Topic: Mervyns
Replies: 94
Views: 51430

Re: Mervyns

Something that might be of interest here: Grand opening pictures of the Mervyn's store at Factoria Mall in March 1987:

http://jana-treeclimber.blogspot.com/20 ... ppers.html
by Brian Lutz
10 Feb 2013 23:43
Forum: History: USA Northwest/Rockies/Alaska
Topic: Early Tully's Coffee outlets in Supermarkets
Replies: 3
Views: 3428

Re: Early Tully's Coffee outlets in Supermarkets

Tully's was purchased last month in bankruptcy court by a group being led by actor Patrick Dempsey (most notable for his role on Grey's Anatomy) with the intent of trying to turn things around. A group led by Starbucks actually had a higher bid with intent to rebrand most stores to Starbucks, but th...
by Brian Lutz
27 Dec 2012 03:29
Forum: History: Miscellaneous and Not Region-Specific
Topic: Pictures of '50s-'80s Albertsons Stores
Replies: 4
Views: 3924

Re: Pictures of '50s-'80s Albertsons Stores

A little more digging in that photo archive found a couple more pictures of the Bellevue store: Side view of the building, including the sign View showing the side of the building (right side of the photo) Another thing to look at if you know approximate opening dates for stores is that frequently w...
by Brian Lutz
26 Dec 2012 00:37
Forum: History: Miscellaneous and Not Region-Specific
Topic: Pictures of '50s-'80s Albertsons Stores
Replies: 4
Views: 3924

Re: Pictures of '50s-'80s Albertsons Stores

I think I've posted this before, but here is a picture of an Albertson's exterior circa 1969 in downtown Bellevue. I believe this store lasted until sometime in the late 80s or early 90s, and is now a Cost Plus World Market (There's a photo of the parking lot and sign with the 1976 logo in the same ...
by Brian Lutz
02 Dec 2012 03:58
Forum: History: Miscellaneous and Not Region-Specific
Topic: UPC codes & grocery scanning
Replies: 87
Views: 62675

Re: UPC codes & grocery scanning

If I had to guess, I'd say they probably require things beyond simple POS functionality here, like parts lookup databases and detailed invoicing integrated in the system beyond the regular POS transactions, so it's probably a lot less of a hassle to stick to the old system than to try to integrate e...
by Brian Lutz
02 Dec 2012 03:39
Forum: History: USA Northwest/Rockies/Alaska
Topic: Broadway Market QFC
Replies: 3
Views: 4682

Re: Broadway Market QFC

I finally managed to get back over to this store today to take a look, and I do have to say that is a very unusual layout for a store. The hardlines section of the store (which is somewhat hidden in the back and easy to miss if you're not familiar with the place) is hidden in the back, and the appea...
by Brian Lutz
17 Oct 2012 02:13
Forum: History: Department Store Chains
Topic: Target '90s neon
Replies: 15
Views: 10601

Re: Target '90s neon

The Redmond WA Target store (which opened in late 1995 as a Target Greatland) originally had the neon when it opened until it remodeled to the current design package around 2008 or so (then subsequently remodeled again to PFresh last year.) The Factoria Target in Bellevue (non Greatland) opened arou...
by Brian Lutz
11 Oct 2012 17:31
Forum: History: Department Store Chains
Topic: Kmart 2000 closures
Replies: 22
Views: 14266

Re: Kmart 2000 closures

There was another round of closures with the bankruptcy in 2001, which is where the local store in Bellevue closed. On a couple of different occasions Costco considered building a store there (one time a concept for a Costco grocery store, the second time a conventional Costco warehouse) but backed ...